Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel
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Honolulu is a much larger city than what we expected with high rise buildings and lots a traffic. Took a taxi to our hotel @ 40 dollars. Hotel White Sands ok, has swimming pool and a kitchenette Bought food at the local supermarket .
The only thing that is cheap are the local busses @ 2.50 a trip. One can use it 2x within 3 hours. Next time we …
Just adding a few more picture's of our trip so far, our wifi signal in Hawaii has been poor so only managed to do these now.
Decided to stay an extra night to enjoy Kona.
... all from the one plant. I'm seriously considering my new career as a coffee plantation owner. It's the perfect plant !
J-she meets some more lovely Americans, from Arizona. A couple of crazy ladies full of humour and ****-taking, they could easily pass as Ozzies.
We go off to a painted church and it's not breathtaking but the history is somewhat interesting. By now we're talking with Steve about all things other than the standard ...
... Good job, Josie.
Josie got a quick lesson in the art of lei making from a park docent, then we walked to the beach to scope that out. Nice swimming beach, but Mark had another beach in mind for us. And by this time we were all hungry.
We tried to find a Mexican restaurant that we went to 5 years ago. We found the shopping village where it was, but it was closed up. We ended up at Café Pesto, which was good and the meal hit the spot.
After lunch, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel Kailua-Kona
Like everyone said - you get what you pay for. We were there for one night only (March 6, Sat) - don't think I could handle more than that.
I elected to stay at Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel so I could earn 500 frequeent flyer miles on Hawaiian Airlines. The following problems were encountered: AC didn't work (but was fixed for the second night of my stay), spiders in the beds, toilet did not flush, temperature of the water when taking a shower fluctuated from luke warm to scalding hot.
In addition, I have been waiting for two months and still have not recieved my 500 frequent flyer miles! (I have complained to Uncle Billy's and still have not gotten the miles!) NEVER AGAIN!
My family stayed the week end recently at Kona Bay Hotel and found the room to be part of our pleasant experience. It was big enough for the 3 of us. It was close to everything, in fact, our room was right where the old Kona Inn Shopping Village is. We had no problem with parking or getting around. The room was clean. We sat out on our patio and enjoyed watching the ocean and the trees in the mini park next door move in the evening breeze. Considering how close we were to the street it was incredibly quiet. I'd have no qualms about staying there or recommending it to family and friends.
Glad I'm gone
We were lucky that our trip was only for a three day stay! Being retired military, I've stayed in some really bad places. This was one.It was publicized as a quiet, clean hotel. It was not quiet and on the second morning, we found little "fleas" all over the room. It reminded me of a room in a third world country. Moved to Royal Kona Resort. Excellent!
We stayed 1 night on 8/11/03 and I would definately not recommend it.
We originally had reservations at another hotel but they were doublebooked so they put us up 1 night in this hotel. From 1st sight we were leary. It is old, needs much improvement on inside and outside. We did take everything out of our car for safety. There were groups of guys hanging around and the stairs even had a smell of alcohol. The room was ant infested, but at least we didn't see any roaches or other bugs. The air didn't work properly, but it did have a working ceiling fan which helped. The room itself smelled like mildew. It would definately be worthing spending alittle more at a different hotel!
Very comfortable stay
Although, We only stayed there one night (July '03), my boyfriend and I found the accomadations rather nice. I'm sorry to read the poor reviws from the others... I found no such problems with the room or the area.
It was affordable, clean and very generous. Our vehicle was not broken into, nor were there any bug problems. Perhaps the hotel has improved since the other stays, or perhaps the room my boyfriend and I were in was lucky. If you don't like the one in Kona, I may suggest the one in Hilo. It's far more familiar, in my opinion. Happy travelling.
We had the unfortunate experience of spending one night here the sixth of July 2003. We were given a room facing the parking lot. The room was completely infested with ants so we called the attendant and requested a room. She said she would call us back but didn't. Finally my husband went to the front desk himself and got another room, just a few doors down. It was worse. The fridge didn't work, the ceiling fan was broken but it was already past midnight and we were exhausted so we took the room. The next a.m. we woke up and my son had over 35 bug bites all over his body. We called and the receptionist was NOT helpful (she said you shouldn't have stayed there) NEVER AGAIN!!!
After nine days in Kona staying with friends I spent one night at Uncle Billy's in Kailua Kona. It was a mistake. I had heard from guidebooks that it was inexpensive, so since I was on a budget I tried it out. They have a security guard there so I thought it was safe, right in downtown Kailua. Well, even though I locked much of my stuff in the trunk of my rental car, and parked it in the hotel parking lot, thieves managed to break into the car and to steal my camera and art supplies, cash, and gifts. It was devastating! I know now I should have taken everything out of the car, but I thought it was safe. The Kona police told me that Uncle Billy's has robberies nearly every day and that thieves watch tourists in the parking lot, marking them for later. Besides stealing about $3000 worth of stuff from my car, the hotel itself was termite and cockroach ridden. I urge you not to stay there. It's just not worth saving a few bucks. My vacation was ruined.
Worth a Shot
This hotel is old but you must understand that many guests you stay at this hotel are local. Also, i fyou are looking for a cheap hotel in the heart of Kona you can not go wrong here!
Would not recommend
The place may be an institution - but it's falling apart. The rooms were musty, dead cochroaches in the bathroom, the towels were paper thin and there were water stains and mold on the walls. Fortunately, it was only for one night. We had the breakfast buffet on Sunday morning and that wasn't even good - food was cold and had no flavor. Would never stay there again.